Teen restrained at NE Ohio group home asphyxiated

CLEVELAND (AP) — A medical examiner says a 15-year-old boy died of asphyxiation after being restrained by a worker at a group home in the Cleveland suburb of Berea.

Kenneth Barkley's Jan. 7 death was ruled a homicide. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County medical examiner released the cause of death Wednesday.

A police report says the teen refused to take his medication and struggled with a worker. The report says he flipped over a table and punched a hole in a wall, prompting the worker to "bear hug" him and take him to the floor.

Police say the teen wasn't breathing when officers arrived, and they tried to revive him. A Berea police spokesman declined to comment Wednesday.

A statement from group home operator OhioGuidestone says it supports workers involved in the situation.

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